Gro jam trail was held more than a month ago, but here is a photo report thanks to PEF and his shots ! In order of appearance : Bruno turn, JB nose, Damien, MorvAntoine table, Gillian table, MorvAntoine turn, Bruno, JB nose, Mark Potoczny got lost in the tree of the famous left hip...
Another RBP jam to write down in the books ! Heat was definitely the main guest all weekend long, so sessions had to be late at the end of the day until sunset for all the riders present in Vendée. The French trail scene was well represented, without forgetting some riders from Belgium, Germany, Holland, who came to enjoy this pretty trail on the side of a hill, lost in the countryside. A session at the lake of Apremont was mandatory before the BMX session on Saturday, the trail was running “as fast as fuck”, watering the jumps was also mandatory as well as hydratation for riders. Lots of riders rode the big line (even on Friday evening for the first), motivated by Alex Lotodé who was full of energy, he was simply amazing (flip, 3-6, hip 4-50…). Other amazing facts : tricks from Pierre and the smooth 3-6 from Etienne (Noyal trail was well represented), clean tables from Gillian, Sven with ease, technical tricks and fluidity from JB (Shape represent), Max at home with a combo x-up / t-bog / x-up on Friday night, JR quietly and once again Alex who rode every single jump of the trail above everyone… as usual the evening was a mix of local mogettes (white bean), a live music show and a true massive fire !!
Thanks to Max for his welcoming and to share this pretty place full of well sculpted jumps.
We are happy to present to you the result of this project, which we lead in partnership with the organization called MIA (Made In Apremont), from the Vendée area. This organization was created in memory of a local skater who died in September 2020 ; to promote skateboarding with the construction of a DIY concrete bowl in the town of Apremont, but also to support artists and local producers.
Noé Loriot is the head of the association, a BMX rider that we have known for a long time, he wanted to produce BMX parts with their logo on it, in order to spread the word about their projects and have softgoods / hardgoods to sell. As a local brand from Brittany, we got in touch with Noé and the idea of custom bar end quickly sparked. We also took the opportunity to draw a new model which enables us to make a good and lovely engraving, below some photos of the end result, 2017 aluminum machined bar ends with stainless steel bolt. We still have some extra pair of bar ends, they will be available soon through our friend at Banos Distro ! Made In Apremont
We have regularly published photos of our new MTB stem on our Instagram account, we can now officially launch the final version. This product is the first produced 100% by us due to the milling machine we bought earlier this year (even if the Fusion sprockets were almost produced by us...), we now manage the whole loop : CAD, CAM and machining ! To be honest, this project was very demanding and stressful, in fact stem production is much more complicated than a sprocket, requiring up to 6 different opérations and clamps (change of position of the stem in the machine), while a sprocket needs a single operation. A stem is a massive part in three dimensions (in comparison, a sprocket is a flat product, like two dimensions) with accurate dimensions (steerer tube and bar, several thread holes...etc.), geometry to be respected (ex : perpendicularity between steerer tube and bar). It requires thoroughness and rigor throughout the manufacturing process, without forgetting a need for specific cutting tools and also fixtures (wedges and interfaces for clamping the part, guide for tapping, etc.).
This stem is called "Noseball", beacause of these many surfaces produced by machining using a tool called "ball end" or "nose ball". For the explanation, these tools allow to obtain almost any surface / shape, by controlling the point of tangency between the spherical end of the tool and the surface to be produced, while dividing this surface / shape in very thin slices (from 0.01 to 0.1mm depending on the level of finish). It generates lots of tool back and forth movements, we love using these 3D operation carried out with ball end tool, opening up almost endless possibilities !
The Noseball stem will be available later this year, a first prototype has been tested on the boss' fat bike for two months, a small batch is also finished (including a black anodizing one) and is dispatched to three riders in order to approve the product. In terms of characteristics, the stem match 31,8mm bar, it's 50mm long and 0mm high, full stainless steel 6mm bolts, a total weight of 198grs and at least each stem is numbered by engraving (00 to 03).
This project is a success, it requires many hours of programming to achieve toolpaths allowing to obtain the expected end result, also many hours of machining and lots of (too much) reflection and questioning. We take this opportunity to thank several people who support us for this project : Pierre @ OP.N (FEA study, listening during the whole process of machining), Benoît @ LG Tech (many tips and support for cutting tools), Charles @ Versatil Motorcycle (supply for wedge and interface, guide for tapping), finally the riders who will ride and test the first stems were also source of support and motivation (Laurent @ boss' father, François @ ROD29, Pierre @ Royal shore).
Below, we present to you steps of machining (in chronological order) of the Noseball stem, from raw aluminum billet to the first prototype built up and also photos of the very beautiful black anodized version.
For the end of the year wishes, we chose to use a logo which left in the boxes and unused so far... It is obviously inspired by the famous American trash band Slayer (which the boss is mega fan), redesigned by Shape and "inspired by trail" too.
Through this superb logo, we wish you a Merry Christmas and an happy New Year 2022, to you and your loved one.
We are happy to welcome a new Shape bicycles retailer in the West of France, more accuracy at Caen in Normandy, at the shop Les trois roux. A huge thank you to Paul for his interest towards our products and to trust our Made in France approach. Find below some photos taken by the shop, to illustrate the Fusion sprockets, which are available at the shop and on their website.